By Cormac McCarthy
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward growth, Blood Meridianbrilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." in response to old occasions that happened at the Texas-Mexico border within the 1850s, it lines the fortunes of the child, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish global the place Indians are being murdered and the marketplace for their scalps is prospering.
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He went on through the town leading the animal. There was no one about. By and by he entered a plaza and he could hear guitars and a horn. At the far end of the square there were lights from a cafe and laughter and highpitched cries. He led the mule into the square and up the far side past a long portico toward the lights. There was a team of dancers in the street and they wore gaudy costumes and called out in Spanish. He and the mule stood at the edge of the lights and watched. Old men sat along the tavern wall and children played in the dust.
III Sought out to join an army – Interview with Captain White – His views – The camp – Trades his mule – A cantina in the Laredito – A Mennonite — Companion killed. He was lying naked under the trees with his rags spread across the limbs above him when another rider going down the river reined up and stopped. He turned his head. Through the willows he could see the legs of the horse. He rolled over on his stomach. The man got down and stood beside the horse. He reached and got his twinehandled knife.
We fought for it. Lost friends and brothers down there. And then by God if we didnt give it back. Back to a bunch of barbarians that even the most biased in their favor will admit have no least notion in God’s earth of honor or justice or the meaning of republican government. A people so cowardly they’ve paid tribute a hundred years to tribes of naked savages. Given up their crops and livestock. Mines shut down. Whole villages abandoned. While a heathen horde rides over the land looting and killing with total impunity.